Finally, there have been proposals submitted to the Wassenaar Arrangement, the international community that structures export control requirements, to consider some type of decontrol for these types of machines. One proposal that is having growing acceptance considers the length of axes and places them into two categories: axis lengths less than 2 meters and those greater than 2 meters. It then proposes an accuracy requirement on each of the categories for licensing purposes.
The question is: What is the accuracy number for each?
The determination of these two accuracy levels will be debated at a mid-June meeting of experts to take place in Vienna, Austria.
AMT is being asked to provide a recommendation and support of our opinion on these thresholds. The discussions will be on what are the commonly available accuracies that manufacturers in non-regulated countries (i.e. China, etc.) are able to supply. An additional point of consideration will be what is the accuracy needed to produce military components versus commercial needs in the area of aircraft.
We are, therefore, asking membership for help on this topic. Current thought is that the number should be between 0.003 and 0.0045 mm for axis less than 2 meters and 0.010 to 0.030 mm for axis greater than 2 meters.
There are two ways you can help. You can provide the capability of your equipment, with brochure or other supporting information, and you can supply supporting information on equipment provided by non-regulated countries for each category. Please do not send information relative to regulated countries (i.e. European countries, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, etc.) since these countries are not a point of discussion.
Please send your recommendations to Paul Warndorf at pwarndorf@AMTonline.org or mail to AMT’s Manufacturing Technology Department, 7901 Westpark Dr., McLean, VA 22102. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Warndorf at 703-827-5291.
2012 AMT Manufacturing Technology Forum presentations
You can now purchase the “Technology Forum Package” that includes PDFs and videos of the presentations provided at the 2012 AMT Manufacturing Technology Forum. The presentations highlight a number of innovative technologies utilized within the greater manufacturing community.
Review the keynote presentation, delivered by Dr. Don Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow, Lockheed Martin, that explains manufacturing technologies used in producing the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
Other topics of interest include virtual high performance machining and stability control, sustainable manufacturing, innovative needs in defense manufacturing and manufacturing developments coming from the academic arena with specific emphasis on China, Germany and the United States.
For additional information and to place your order, visit www.AMTonline.org/newsroom/PresentationsWebinars.
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